The main difference between a ceramic tile and a porcelain tile is density. Porcelain is denser than ceramic, so it’s less porous, which means it’s a better choice for garage flooring where seasonal changes in temperature can be significant.
The vast majority of the solutions we design and the plans we execute are based on 3D modelling. It’s a powerful tool that helps us and our clients get a clear picture of how their garage will look before we begin any work. It’s one thing to eyeball it and guesstimate how much room is required on the walls and ceiling for shelves, cabinets and other support structures but measuring every surface precisely is another job entirely. Every garage has its obstacles (water faucets, electrical outlets, foundation walls, doors, windows, heating units, etc.) and given that fact, it’s of paramount importance that every solution make the best possible use of the available space.
With that in mind, each kick-off meeting with a future client begins by taking precise measurements of the entire garage so we can build a 3D model that clearly shows every inch of space and every potential obstacle. It’s a crucial step that helps us ensure that our solutions meet our client’s every need while taking into account the realities of the space entrusted to us. Often, more than one solution is available, and the 3D model helps us test each layout to determine which one works best for the client. What’s more, as we validate with the client the solutions we’ve proposed, the 3D modeling helps us make adjustments and corrections before finalizing the plans and beginning the work itself. This most practical tool allows us to work remotely and thus accommodating our clients outside the greater Montreal area. Instead of us taking the measurements, we rely on the potential clients to take care of it while documenting his garage with accompanying photos. From these elements, it is easy for us to articulate and propose solutions based on needs identified by the client. We invite you to visit the Portfolio /3D Design section of our website for a better look at just a few of the many 3D solutions we’ve created over the years. They’ll give you a good idea of how we can help turn your garage into a practical and esthetically pleasing addition to your home.
The Espace Garage Plus Team
Every spring and fall we enact a ritual as old as our roads: the changing of the tires. There’s no way around it. And when you change your tires, you have to store the old ones somewhere. For those of us who use the service offered by the garage, storage isn’t a problem. But those of us who store our tires at home need a solution. So what do we do with the four, eight, sometimes up to 12 tires that need to be kept out of the way till next season? Pile them up in the corner? Hide them under the back balcony? In the shed? There never seems to be a perfect place to store them and wherever they end up, it always seems that space could be better used for something else.
A garage can be renovated and organized at any time of the year. No single season is better suited to the job than another. However, in our experience things get a lot busier in spring and especially in the fall.
One of the keys to successful residential garage organization is the artful use of wall space to hang everything that simply can’t be stored in drawers or cabinets: bikes, shovels, brooms, rakes, hoses, skis, etc. The typical hook “solution” doesn’t work very well or last very long. After a short period of time, the hooks come out, leaving ugly holes that are hard to repair. Thankfully, we have a permanent, ultra-practical solution: steel wall grid systems and PVC panel systems with slots designed specifically designed to create solid hanging surfaces.
When renovating their garages, many people immediately opt for shelves. Sure, they come in many shapes and materials, but shelves have a number of major limitations: their contents are on display for all to see, they offer relatively little storage space because of their limited depth and most of them will eventually bend or buckle under the weight of heavier articles, or because they were improperly attached to the wall. What’s more, given the fact that most floors are left as uncovered concrete, which continually produces dust, the articles on the shelves are often covered in dust themselves, a fact that discourages us from storing articles in the garage in the first place.
Depending on the architecture of the house, many garages feature high ceilings that are very seldom used to their full potential. On the other hand, some homeowners use the space to build massive mezzanines out of wood. That’s not the most practical solution, however, because they are often difficult to access, they’re too deep and they can be a real eyesore. Take heart, we have a number of solutions to transform that unused space into a practical, esthetically pleasing storage space with Tuffrax overhead storage units.
It happens quite frequently when we meet clients to evaluate their needs and see the layout of their garages that we get asked to upgrade the garage itself. Many garages today, especially in newer homes, are often delivered with a minimum of finish. So it’s the first step towards your new garage.
Single, double, triple… every garage is a little different. So we offer four different ranges of storage cabinets to ensure we always have the right solutions for every garage, depending on the space available on the sides and back of the garage when the car(s) are parked.
Every once in a while, we meet with a potential client whose garage is so cluttered, so disorganized, you can barely move around without tripping over something. How they manage to find anything in there is a mystery. Our recommendation is always the same: before we can come up with a solution that truly meets your needs, there’s nothing like a good clean-up to get rid of all the unwanted junk and nobody can do it but you.